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[NPR] Seattle, Microsoft team up to make buildings more energy-efficient

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For the past three years, Microsoft has been using its cloud-based operating system Azure to squeeze more efficiency out of its own buildings. The software allows them to pull together hundreds of data points—everything from seeing where energy goes, to factoring in current weather conditions, says chief environmental strategist Rob Bernard.
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Bernard says so far, the company has seen a 10 percent energy savings in 13 of Microsoft’s buildings. And now the company is joining forces with the city of Seattle and a nonprofit group of its building owners to apply the technology in less predictable settings.
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For Microsoft, Seattle is just one of many places where it will be using big-data computing to strive for more sustainability. It's part of a larger project called CityNext, which is using technology to help conserve not just energy, but also water and other resources around the globe.

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Smartest thing many of these companies can do first is turning off their office lights at night.
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